Like Sherlock and Watson, Bonnie and Clyde, Batman and Robin or Tom & Jerry, these iconic pairs won’t be renowned without their other halves. These couples complement each other perfectly, making them quite the dynamic duos. Similarly, with food, there are certain pairings that unveil a force of nutritional and health benefits. These food pairs are a match made in nutrition heaven, and will boost the nutritional intake in your diet-
- Cayenne and Chicken
Spice up mealtime by adding a dash of cayenne to your chicken and watch your belly fat sweat. This combination works wonders at targeting abdominal fat. Chilli pepper contains capsaicin, the compound that gives chilli a feisty kick; and is proven to reduce belly fat, suppress appetite and boost thermogenesis-the body’s ability to burn food for energy. Protein-rich foods like chicken can help keep you satiated for longer, thereby reducing the urge to snack.
- Garlic and Fish
Fish is a great source of muscle building protein and the can help increase your metabolic rate. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and helps reduce inflammation and lower triglycerides levels. Pair it up with some garlic and you now have warrior to help you fight belly fat. According to research by the journal Nutrition Research and Practice, it found that women who consumed 80 milligrams of garlic everyday for 12 weeks lost weight, and helped reduce their BMI.
- Salmon and Kale
Oily fish like salmon is a great source of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. The latter helps in maintaining bone and joint health and reduce inflammation. Kale is a superfood known to be rich in vitamin A, K and calcium. Vitamin D is needed to better absorb calcium and with this pair, the calcium from the kale facilitates absorption of vitamin D from the salmon.
- Fish and Wine
Fine wine and fish. Now, who would want to argue with this combination, especially when it is proven to be good for you? White wine contains polyphenol compounds that help protect the heart and its health. These antioxidants are believed to improve the omega-3 absorption from the fish and lower the risk of macular degradation. Fair warning- consuming alcohol in excess is injurious to health, so limit the wine intake to 1-2 glasses a day. Let’s eat and drink (in moderation of course) to your health!